The 21st Century is characterized by high level of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) penetration in all aspects of life . It is clear, therefore, that it will be a Century dominated by those with advanced technological capacity, high productivity, modern and efficient communication infrastructure and, above all highly skilled manpower imbued with initiative. If a country wants to be active participants in the global developments of the twenty-first century they must, as a society, find ways of improving and strengthening ourselves in all these areas.
Global IMC recognizes the need of several government to prepare a National ICT Strategic Vision which will guide economic and social development efforts up to many years to come. We have developed an integrated approach for assisting governments to develop such strategic vision. The objective of this Strategic Vision is to awaken, co-ordinate and direct the country’s efforts, people minds and Country national resources towards those core sectors that will enable the country attain its socio-economic development goals and withstand and expected improve quality of life for its citizens.
Global IMC deliverable will outline the Strategic Vision for the use and promotion of Information and Communication Technologies in the country. It develops as exciting vision of what can and will be achieved over the next few years in the country through the strategic application of ICT and provides a roadmap of how that vision can be achieved. We strongly believe that a country can be transformed and empowered by the pervasive adoption of ICTs – a society equipped with all of the tools and skills necessary to take a full and leading role in the Information Society of tomorrow, and in the global economy.
Our integrated IT Eco-system approach is uniquely positioned to map different components of the country IT landscape – We employ our IT Eco-system approach in order to illustrate and leverage the IT phenomena as pivotal components of promoting a country economic and social development in the digital economy. This approach is based on a holistic model to the deployment and use of ITs within a country, demonstrating the nuances of cross-sectoral cooperation, helping governments understand these interdependencies, and leading to integrated IT initiatives that are sustainable and mutually reinforcing.
Using this approach we bring together, for the first time, the full spectrum of factors impacting the use of IT as a direct or indirect tool for promoting economic development and enhancing the competitiveness of a country at large. The model, used as a planning and communication tool, will greatly facilitate developing countries, public and private sector leaders, and those who support them from the donor community in understanding their appropriate roles and responsibilities in preparing for the information economy, as well as the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
An ecosystem, of any kind, can be viewed as a complex interrelationship of diverse players in a specified environment. Individual actions taken to enhance the utilization of IT in the society by a business, government, or nonprofit organization in order to increase digital inclusion, deliver electronic services, promote e-commerce, combat poverty, network small and medium enterprises, etc., all contribute to the growth of a country’s information economy and the overall country competitiveness. When a holistic approach is constructed to coordinate the individual actors, the maximum economy-wide effect can be achieved. Our IT-Ecosystem approach will map the interconnections of the various actions to help government, IT association, and other partners determine the pivotal steps they need to take both to achieve this multiplier effect, and to avoid the waste and frustration caused by misdirected or piecemeal initiatives.
An IT Sector flourishes, however, only through its people – businesses, organizations, academia, and civil servants – and their individual actions. We consider the needs and actions of these important players in its model. Two action arenas, Private Sector Development and IT sector, are mainly business-focused, while the other two, e-Government and Stakeholder Development, focus on for the most part citizens and taxpayers. Interactions may also be mapped according to capacity-building activities on the left side and service delivery on the right.